Gathabawn Loop

County Kilkenny
5 reviews
Grade Moderate
Length 11.3 km
Time 4 hours
Format Loop
Ascent 270 m
Dogs Allowed No
Waymarking Red arrow on white background
Start Point
Car park at Parish Church in Gathabawn
Finish Point
Car park at Parish Church in Gathabawn
Nearest Town to Start Gathabawn
Grid Ref. S 356 685
Lat. and Long. 52.766969, -7.471038

This walk takes you through fields on forest track, laneways, little country roads and woodland path crossing Cullahill Mountain and places with names such as Shirley's Lane and Gooseneck. Lovely scenery and views with the added interest of a famine village.

Maps and other information

Trail Management

Trailkilkenny, 8 Patricks Court, Kilkenny.
Tel: 056-7752111
Fax: 056-7752333 Email: Web:


Car parking, shop/pub in village

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheet 60

Emily from Tipperary

Lovely quiet well marked route with great views over the hinterland.

Caroline from Kilkenny

Very well signposted all the way. The best views are once you pass the famine village overlooking the green fields and surrounding countryside. On a clear, fine day there is a bench there for you to sit and enjoy the scenic view and it's the ideal place for some lunch. Would definitely recommend doing. It was an enjoyable walk along quiet roads, laneways, fields & some woodland.

Stephen from Kildare

A mixture of farmland fields, lanes, woods and trees makes this an intriguing walk. Some challenges along the way, but greatly marked out at each corner and sty. Even in misty foggy winter, some great views were still available to see

Robert from New Zealand

Walked trail on a clear fresh day, well waymarked at turns and intersections combined with lovely scenery and views, walking through fields on laneways and forest, overall a pleasant loop walk finishing in the village opposite pub. Would be suitable for families with a packed lunch and water :-)

Molly from Kilkenny

This is a lovely trail - a lot of it is on little country roads, but some woods and fields also. It is closed to the public where it enters the woods at the moment (Sept 2014) due to ongoing forestry work. Unfortunately a lot of the shady woody pathways which were part of the trail are now being felled and I feel this will spoil it somewhat when it reopens.

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